LANCASTER – Vice Mayor Marvin Crist made the following statement on behalf of Mayor R. Rex Parris and himself at the Lancaster City Council’s regular meeting March 12:
“Mayor Parris and I have been researching this issue for some time, and we believe the best way to serve our community’s transportation needs is to work hand-in-hand with the City of Palmdale. Presently, both the City of Lancaster and the City of Palmdale maintain separate Metrolink stations.
Rather than maintaining the status quo, in which Metro is forced to divvy up funds between Lancaster and Palmdale, we feel it is in the region’s best interest to devote that funding entirely to a single transportation center.
The Palmdale Transportation Center is the ideal location for this all-purpose transportation hub. A number of new projects, including the proposed California High-Speed Rail and High Desert Corridor, are rapidly changing our regional transportation landscape. Both cities have been working with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to determine the best route for the proposed train in order to minimize the negative impact and maximize the usability for our residents. Additionally, the rising cost of gas creates an ever greater demand for mass transit service.
Mayor Parris and I firmly believe that the resources and staff time of both cities, as well as those of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, would be best used to establish one first-rate transportation center, rather than continuing to maintain two separate centers that are not as strong as they could be. Our residents deserve the best, and we believe partnership is the path to providing it.
We plan to work with the City of Palmdale Members Steve Hofbauer, Tom Lackey, and any appropriate staff to better analyze the region’s needs to explore the concept of consolidating the cities’ two stations into a single transportation center located in Palmdale.
Lancaster City Council has a vision for this community, as we do with our brethren in the City of Palmdale. We believe our citizens can best be served by pooling the resources of our two great cities and establishing one incredible, multi-use transportation hub. On behalf of the City of Lancaster, we look forward to working with the City of Palmdale to make this vision a reality.”
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)